Wellness Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Had this chickpea salad pita for lunch today. Don’t have a picture, but I had a pita filled with avocado slices for breakfast.

The salad has celery and red and green bell peppers in it, and I made the sandwich with butter lettuce and yellow pear tomatoes straight from the garden! It was delicious!

I like using this brand of pita because it has no oil and minimal ingredients. Trying to eat a little healthier here!

Now it’s off to the grocery store for more scrumptious vegan food and to get my steps in.

What are you doing to improve your health today?

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Memories Monday, May 28, 2018

Today I want to honor my parents. My father was in the U. S. Army Aircorps which name was later changed to the U. S. Air Force. He was in both WWII and the Korean conflict. In WWII, he was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, the hell ships that shipped him (and thousands others) like cargo to Japan, and where he was about 50 miles from ground zero when the bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. He was 6 feet tall and weighed 89 pounds when he was liberated. Life wasn’t easy for us as children because of his severe PTSD which at that time wasn’t even a diagnosis. But he survived it all, and eventually became a good man.

My mother was his nurse when he came back. That’s how they met! And she served in the Army Nurses Corps until after their marriage.

I am proud to be the daughter of Walter DeHaas Chatham, Jr. and Janet Louise Henderson Chatham. They served their country with honor.

Who do you have to honor this Memorial Day?

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Wellness Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Had a delicious dinner! We took lentils and mixed them with salsa, and then took Swiss chard with onions and mushrooms and steamed them in our pressure cooker to which I added liquid smoke to the water. When they were done, I added 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Then we created the bowls, simply brown rice, the greens, and the lentils. I added lime juice and parsley.

No added fat, healthy, and scrumptious! According to Dr. Esselstyn, it’s the perfect meal. As usual, I couldn’t finish it, but not much was left, and I love leftovers!

I also got almost 4000 steps in today! Yay, me!

What healthy things are you doing for your body and/or mind and/or spirit today?

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Memories Monday, May 21, 2018

My best friend is so good to me. On occasion, she will call me up (she lives in California, I’m in Florida) and ask me to tell her a story about one of my kids. She knows that most people don’t want to hear about things like that, especially after a child dies. It’s too close to their own nightmare. And she doesn’t do it to placate me, she really enjoys me sharing it with her. So this is the story I shared with her last week.

Junior was my younger boy, and I knew he was going to be trouble. He was so cute, and learned very early how to worm his way out of things (and into your heart as well).

He was caught cutting class 6 times in one quarter and 9 times in another, playing at the neighborhood park with one of his 5 girlfriends (of whom he had all their phone numbers)….in kindergarten! This is his class picture. Can you just see the mischief in his little face?

Stories may be all I have at the moment, but it’s not over. A joyful reunion awaits my arrival.

What things are you reminiscing today?

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Scripture Sunday, May 20, 2018

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.

Isaiah 58:8

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I had a whole wheat pita with half an avocado for breakfast.

Then hubby took me to lunch for my birthday (which was last Saturday). I didn’t want to go on my birthday. I don’t do crowded weekends very well.

I have to have Zephyrhills water…best water in the world! Not sold in the restaurant, so we bought it before we went.

Then we got what we usually get when we go there…one avocado roll, one sweet potato roll, with a bowl of miso soup. Gotta get that iodine in! All vegan and all delicious!

After lunch we went to the grocery store, where we bought some guac, bread, lemons, and low sodium tamari, and a few other items, and I proceeded to get in about 4000 steps! A good number for me.

We had baked potatoes with broccoli for dinner. All in all, a very good day!

What is something good you did for your body today?

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Scripture Sunday, May 13, 2018 Mother’s Day

Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.

Alma 56:47

Book of Mormon

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, May 9, 2018

For dinner tonight, we had what I like to call sushi bowls. It has all the fixings that go into vegan sushi, only in a bowl. I usually have sweet potatoes and avocado in them, but I can’t eat that much!

This bowl has brown basmati rice, romaine lettuce, tofu marinated in Trader Joe’s soyaki sauce, roasted peppers and onions with mushrooms, grated carrots and Persian cucumbers, with about a tablespoon of sweet chili sauce, also from Trader Joe’s.

I almost ate it all! The rest is going to be tomorrow’s lunch! One of my favorite go-to meals. Delish!

And I’m walking daily now. Some days I only get 2000 steps in, but I’m getting stronger and have actually had 4000 steps or better the last couple of days. Yay, me!

What are some of your healthy habits today?

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Memories Monday, May 7, 2018

Being that Sunday is Mother’s Day and Saturday is my birthday, I’m taking a break from my tale of growing up to say how much I dislike Mother’s Day and the fact that it falls on my birthday so often.

It fell on Mother’s Day the first year I became a mother, and also the last year my Junior was alive. He died exactly 4 weeks later.

It has been almost 27 years, but the pain never goes away. Those of us who have lost children just learn how to live without them.

My life has been hard, but good. And I know this isn’t the end. We will be reunited someday. My faith makes it easier to deal with, but the pain is still there.

It’s not like a hurricane or tornado that, although devastating, one recovers and rebuilds from, rather it’s like a sinkhole. It swallows everything. There’s nothing left to rebuild.

Eventually, it fills with water and all sorts of new aquatic life, but it will never be the same, and if you were to drain off that water, underneath the sinkhole remains…visible evidence of the destruction that marred and scarred your life.

But in the last phrase of the song I wrote for Junior a year after his death, I sang:

But the love of a lifetime was so precious to me, so full of life, and I’m glad I had the chance to share those fourteen years with the love of a lifetime. And he left behind just enough love to last my lifetime.

Despite it all, I wouldn’t change a thing. My boys are worth it all.